The Newsletter 51 Summer 2009

Chinese snuff bottles

Vincent Fausone

Chinese snuff bottles, designed to contain powdered tobacco or snuff , were invented at the court of Kang Hsi (1661-1722), the second Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911). Tobacco had been introduced to the Imperial Court as early as the late Ming period but it wasn’t until the succeeding Qing Dynasty that the habit or, better yet, the addiction to tobacco became ubiquitous at court.